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Adrian Furnham

Adrian Furnham

Former Professor of Psychology at The University of London

Adrian Furnham was Professor of Psychology at University College London from 1992 – 2018. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at, amongst others, the University of New South Wales, the University of the West Indies, the University of Hong Kong and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  He has also been a Visiting Professor of Management at Henley Management College, Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009) and Honorary Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (2014). He was also previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford.

Adrian Furnham was educated at the London School of Economics where he obtained a distinction in an MSc Econ., and at Oxford University where he completed a doctorate (D.Phil) in 1981. He has subsequently earned a D.Sc (1991) and D.Litt (1995) degree.

He consults to many organisations in various different sectors (particularly airlines, banks, civil service) and in many different countries (particularly continental Europe and Asia).

He has written over 1300 scientific papers and 85 books. He is on the editorial board of a number of international journals, as well as the past elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He is also a founder director of Applied Behavioural Research Associates (ABRA), a psychological consultancy established over 30 years ago.

Like Noel Coward, he believes work is more fun than fun and considers himself to be a well-adjusted workaholic. He rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning and does not have a mobile phone. Adrian enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre.

Adrian is a serious academic who can explain important current ideas and concepts in a clear and understandable way. He is able to communicate his messages to audiences all over the world in an educational and very entertaining manner. Adrian is at ease speaking as a conference keynote or delivering a witty after-dinner business speech.

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Topics

Managing in Turbulent Times

What happens typically to management and staff during turbulence
Virtuous and vicious cycles
The threat to the Psychological contract
Re-engaging staff

The psychology of decision-making

Different types of decisions
Deciding how to decide
Deciding alone or in groups
The Psychology of Brainstorming
Groupthink and how to overcome it

Motivation in the workplace

Different types of Motivation
Classic theories and their limitations
Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
Does motivation change over the life span
Motivation, satisfaction and productivity

Management Incompetence Why managers fail and derail

The high incidence of leadership derailment
Selecting in and selecting out at high levels
Too much of a good thing: the concept of optimal levels of competence
Intelligence at work
The psychopathic and narcissistic leader
How to avoid disaster

Culture shock and working on other cultures

Working abroad
Defining culture shock
How to describe and define national and organisational cultures
The U and W curve hypothesis of culture shock
Social Skills, Etiquette and culture learning
Surviving and thriving in foreign cultures

Team Building and Analysis

Independence, interdepence and dependence at work
Different types of teams
Team roles and tasks
Team conflict and co-operation
The pathology of teams
The healthy and productive team

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Adrian was brilliant so thank you very much for organising him. In terms of feedback, I think his presentation style was right on the money (no pun intended, considering the subject matter of the talk…) and he really engaged the audience and retained their interest throughout.

Blackridge

Adrian had great energy and this suited the mood of the room. They were exposed to lots of examples from a variety of business and personal scenarios which they can take away and apply. Adrian is a very engaging speaker and he went down extremely well with the audience.

NHS Blood & Transplant

Adrian's presentation was extremely interesting, clear and perfectly pitched to the level of the audience. The use of examples and humorous anecdotes was well received.

Royal Borough of Kingston

I have listened to many famous motivational speakers and no one compares to Adrian for his humour, knowledge and advice. He seems to always cut through the Gordian Knot of complexity to get to the real issues backed by his extensive academic knowledge and consulting experience.

PGI

Publications

Adrian Furnham

Bad Apples

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Managing People in a Downturn

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The Elephant In the Boardroom: The Causes of Leadership Derailment

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Backstabbers and Bullies

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50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need To Know

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The Dark Side of Behaviour at Work

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The Incompetent Manager

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Body Language in Business

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The People Business

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Management Mumbo-Jumbo

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Dim Sum Management

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The Psychology of Physical Attraction

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Head and Heart Management

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Management Intelligence

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Personality and Intelligence at Work

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People Management in Turbulent Times

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Culture Shock

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Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    Up to £3k

  • Europe:

    £3k to £7k

  • US:

    £3k to £7k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom

Languages

English

* This Speaker's fee falls within the ranges shown above. Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact us.

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